Wednesday, November 28, 2012

After Prison, Former Jock Gets Second Chance At Life

It's a story of lies and betrayal -- a well-known Louisville, KY DJ turned into a con man, stealing thousands of dollars and faking a disease he never had.

Just months after he was released from prison, Todd Smith, once known as Todd Kelly, broke his silence exclusively to WDRB News.

Todd Smith is getting a second chance many of his victims will not. He was freed from prison just four months ago after serving four years behind bars at Fort Dix in New Jersey.

Smith was  promotions director and DJ known as Todd Kelly at WDJX Radio. In 2001, he announced he was stricken with a deadly disease -- ALS.  Also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, it gradually robs its victims of the ability to move, and eventually to breathe.

He soon started the Todd Kelly Foundation to raise money for research. But suspicion grew when Smith showed no symptoms after several years.  He eventually admitted he faked having the disease, and that the foundation was a scam.  He pleaded guilty to stealing from people who thought they were donating money to help cure a killer disease.

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